Mary Hollmotz Becker

Mary E. Hollmotz was born in Crete, Nebraska, September 8, 1882. She came to Exeter with her parents when she was three years old, has always lived here, attended Exeter schools and was a dress maker until she married Nicholas Becker November 29, 1900. To this union were born five children; Three daughters: Margaret, Frances and Helen two sons, Julius and Carl.

She moved on the farm two and one-half miles east of Exeter and has always made her home there until death at the York hospital, after a second operation. Her first operation for appendicitis was three weeks before. She had been in poor health for several years, but never confined to her bed. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, was loved by all that knew her. She will be missed very much by her family besides her parents, relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at St. Stephen's Catholic Church June 27, at 9:30, conducted by Rev. E. Boll. The church was crowded with relatives and friends. Burial was in the Exeter, Cemetery.

She leaves to mourn her departure her husband and five children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hollmotz; there sisters, Mrs. Gus Doemling, near Geneva, Mrs. Lillian Blackwell of Exeter, Mrs. R. Williams of Crook, Colorado; and Anton Hollmotz of Viborg, South Dakota.


We wish to thank all our many relatives, friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown, and assistance give us during the sickness and death of our dear wife, mother, daughter and sister. Also for the beautiful flowers, the choir and the cards.

N. M. Becker and Children
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hollmotz and Family

Fillmore County News
 Exeter, Nebraska
June 30, 1927


Fatal Crash at Exeter Rail Crossing

N. M., Jacob and Henry Becker
Victims of Appalling Tragedy

An automobile and train collision at the Burlington crossing a block east of the Exeter station at about 10:45 Tuesday morning claimed the lives of three life long residents of this community. They were Nicholas M. Becker, 66, his cousins, Jacob Becker, 63, and Henry Becker, 54, who were brothers.

The victims of this appalling tragedy were members of families identified with this community from a period shortly after the first settlement here until the present. Their acquaintances included the far great numbers of residents here and their circle of friends was correspondingly large.

They were riding in a car owned and driven by N. M. Becker. The car was headed north and the train, second section of Burlington freight No. 62, was going east. It was a through train and not scheduled for a stop in Exeter.

Reports of eye witnesses indicate that the occupants of the car saw the train only an instant before the impact and that the driver tried to stop the car, the front wheels rolling onto the track. It also appears that Nicholas and Henry attempted to get out of the car and may have succeeded in getting part way out. Jacob was in the back seat. Nicholas and Henry were killed instantly and Jacob lived a few minutes after he was taken to the office of Dr. W. S. Wiggins.

The car, it is said, appeared to bounce in the air. It landed on its top near the foot of the railroad grade about forty feet east of the crossing, a total wreck.

The train stopped until necessary reports were made and a short time later Sheriff Steinacher, Deputy Hulse and Count Attorney Gewacke arrived and made a thorough investigation and survey of the scene.


Nicholas M. Becker

Nicholas M. Becker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Becker, early settlers in this section, was born May 2, 1874, on a farm two miles east of Exeter and his entire life was spent in this community. He was married to Miss Mary Hollmotz November 2, 1900. She passed away in June 1927.

Mr. and Mrs. Becker were the parents of five children, all of whom survive. They are Margaret of Exeter, Frances and Helen of Omaha, Julius of San Diego, California and Carl of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. There are two grandchildren, Charles and Marilyn Kay, children of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Becker. Julius is coming from California and is expected to arrive early Friday morning.

Mr. Becker is also survived by one brother, John H., of Exeter and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Emanuel and Mrs. Helena Emanuel, both of North Bend and Miss Victoria Becker of Exeter.

Funeral services will be held at nine o'clock Saturday morning at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

Fillmore County News
 Exeter, Nebraska
October 10, 1940